- Suggested retail price: $299 per bottle
- We will pour an ounce for $9
The family of Castarede began making brandy in Armagnac more than 175 years ago. Their deep roots in the region result in the ability to select the best possible Bas Armagnac products then distill to perfection and mature the resulting brandy. Armagnac is still a region where small estates grow grapes and various others distill these grapes into the signature brandy of the region. It's a place where history and family ties often matter as much as the hard work in the vineyard and at the still. Castarede possesses two cellars, each more than one hundred years old.
One is located on the banks of the Baïse river at Pont de Bordes, the historical center of wine trading since a time when the primary transit route was by waterway. It is exceptional for aging Armagnac, as the proximity of river creates unique isothermic conditions. This is the cellar of choice for the oldest vintages. The other cellar, in Mauléon d'Armagnac, is situated in the Grand Bas Armagnac region. We've drunk many vintages from Castarede and have been uniformly impressed. The 1964 is just one year older than Mark and I, and rumor has it, it's aged better than we have. Let's find out tonight.
We will open one bottle Tonight, Thursday at 6:30. When it's gone, it's gone!
Next Week in The Spirits Project:
(Yes, I know it's not a spirit)